Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mazal Tov to CJ - Another Rockower Winner

CJ Wins Two Rockower Awards - CJ: Voices of of Conservative/Masorti Judaism won two American Jewish Press Assocation Rockower Awards. Justice & Judaism: Community Organizing in the Conservative Movement by Daniel May and Peter Drier won second place for excellence in feature writing, and When It Doesn’t Work by Joanne Palmer won first place in the personal essay category.

Both articles are excellent - this excerpt from the first one really points to how congregations need to approach the area of social justice and community service -at a time when there is so much need.

In most synagogues, activism is delegated to a social action committee that picks issues from a menu of social causes. With some exceptions, these become mitzvah projects for the religious school students and bar/bat mitzvah classes.

The community-organizing model inverts this approach. Instead of the issues emerging externally, they surface from within the synagogue. People don’t engage in social action simply as do-gooders, but because they see, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

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